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The Baptist World Alliance and 21Wilberforce present Together with the Persecuted – a virtual preconference featuring presentations from respected leaders and advocates of religious freedom in two program tracks (leadership development and global religious freedom). 

Track Two: A Call to Stand Together

Freedom of religion and belief is under attack around the world. This is a crucial time for Christians and other religious minorities as they face increased persecution globally. It is time for the Church and people of all faiths to stand together with the persecuted. Learn more about the Baptist commitment to serve our persecuted brothers and sisters, hear their inspiring testimonies, and find out how you can support them.

Remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

Hebrews 13:3

Agenda: Track Two

8:00 AM – 8:10 AM
Eastern Daylight Time


  • Welcome: Randel Everett

8:15 AM – 8:45 AM
Eastern Daylight Time

Session One: A Call to Stand Together

  • Together with the Persecuted: A Biblical Calling: Warren Stewart
  • Religious Freedom for All – A Baptist Legacy: Tony Peck   
  • Baptists and Religious Freedom Today: Elijah Brown
  • How You Can Engage: Trent Martin  

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM
Eastern Daylight Time

Session Two: How Baptists Are Standing Together

  • Standing with the Persecuted on International Levels:
    Shane McNary
  • Advancing Law through Local and International Advocacy (Bulgaria): Dimitrina Oprenova
  • Freedom & Justice Advocacy and Peace:
    Raimundo Barreto (interviewed by André Simão)
  • Hearing, Standing with, & Releasing –
    Testimony of a Former Prisoner: José Dilson
    (interviewed by André Simão)

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM
Eastern Daylight Time


10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Eastern Daylight Time

Perspectives on Religious Freedom

  • Working Together Across Religious Lines: Bob Roberts
  • Evangelists, Survivors, and Advocates: 
    Getaneh Getaneh, Gus Reyes, Bob Fu, Suzii Paynter March, Sammy Tippit, John Chen, and Hormoz Shariat
  • A Glance at the Arab Church: Homero Aziz
  • Conflict Resolution, Peacebuilding, and Interfaith Dialogue in India: Wati Aier
  • Religious Freedom and Covid-19 Limitations: Raúl Scialabba  

10:50 AM – 11:00 AM
Eastern Daylight Time


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time

Voices from the World

  • Nigeria: Archbishop Ben Kwashi
  • Jordan: Homero Aziz
  • Jordan: Philip
  • Lebanon: Marwan Aboul-Zelof
  • Syria: George
  • Venezuela: Richard Serrano (interviewed by Ruben Ortiz)
  • Colombia: Pablo Moreno (interviewed by Javier Perez)
  • India: Samuel Bontha
  • Closing Prayer: Edward Dima (South Sudan), José Dilson (Brazil), Mbaya Barampunde (Burundi), Jean Habineza (Rwanda), Solange Habineza (Rwanda), Carlos Molina (El Salvador), Warren Stewart (USA)

Track Two Conference Speakers

Dr. Warren Stewart

Founder & Senior Pastor
First Institutional Baptist Church
21Wilberforce Ambassador Global Freedom Center

Dr. Raúl Scialabba

President of the SBA
(Argentine Bible Society)

André Simão

Senior Fellow for Global Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships
21Wilberforce Global Freedom Center
Baptist World Alliance Commission on Religious Freedom

Rev. Anthony (Tony) Peck

General Secretary
European Baptist Federation
Baptist World Alliance Commission on Religious Freedom
21Wilberforce Ambassador for Europe & the Middle East

Rev. Dr. Elijah Brown

General Secretary
Baptist World Alliance

Dimitrina Oprenova

Minister of Religion
Sofia Baptist Church, Bulgaria

R. Shane McNary

Baptist World Alliance UN representative

Dr. Bob Roberts


Global Senior Pastor 
Northwood Church (Keller, TX, USA)

Homero Aziz

Aziz Family Missionary Association
MORE International Missions

Rev. Dr. Wati Aier

Convenor of Forum Naga Reconciliation

21Wilberforce Ambassador for Asia Pacific

Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi

Nigerian Anglican Archbishop
Diocese of Jos
General Secretary
Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON)

José Dilson

Presbyterian Minister
Missionary in South Africa

Raimundo Barreto Jr, PhD

Former Director of Freedom & Justice,
Baptist World Alliance
Professor of World Christianity
Princeton Theological Seminary

Prayer unlocks God’s power to transform lives in countries where Christians experience intense persecution.

Sammy Tippit

International Evangelist

I encourage you to view justice advocacy in missional terms.”

Suzii Paynter March

Prosper Waco

Track One
Developing Emergent Leaders in the Struggle for Justice

21Wilberforce is a Christian human rights organization dedicated to defending the universal rights of religion, belief, and conscience for all people. Our vision is to empower people to collaboratively support persecuted communities, challenge repression, and expand freedom of religion and belief globally.

We draw inspiration from the 19th century British parliamentarian William Wilberforce, who led an improbable movement that ended the single greatest violation of human rights — the slave trade. Like our namesake, 21Wilberforce leverages the strength of collaborative partnerships, grassroots empowerment, and policy campaigns.